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November 18, 2014

Making the move to Wordpress


Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let you all know that I'm making the move to Wordpress.

My new blog is at www.simplejoysofhome.com

Hope to see you there soon!



November 17, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - November 17, 2014


Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Cornflakes and tea.

On today's to do list:
Laundry
Sweep and mop kitchen floor

Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list

Currently reading:
A Survival Guide for Life by Bear Grylls

The weather outside is:
Sunny and snowy.    

On the menu this week:
Monday - Chicken with mushroom sauce and rice
Tuesday - Cheese tortellini with pink sauce
Wednesday - Hawaiian pizza
Thursday - Baked chicken with butter and herb pasta
Friday - Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday - Dinner out
Sunday - Roast beef with trimmings
 
     
Favorite photo from the camera:




November 06, 2014

Ultimate Christian Living Bundle 2014


Who among us doesn’t want to lead a life worth emulating?


With great kids, a loving marriage, a successful career or business and a closer, faith-filled walk with the Lord. But for many of us, making that a reality is big challenge!


Balancing life’s priorities can seem a bit overwhelming at times. The pressures of work, the need for finances, the demands of parenting and the resulting strain on marriage can leave us weathered, weary and wondering what really works in life?

That’s where the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle comes in. Ultimate-Bundles.com called in some best selling authors, leading experts and top business professionals to address the most common challenges faced by families and individuals today – all from a solid, Biblical foundation.

For the ridiculously low price of just $34.95 (for the PDF version) or $39.97 (for the eReader version), you can get access to a carefully curated collection of eBooks and eCourses with a total combined value of over $1,140 that addresses these issues with stunning clarity and practical application.

For the family…


The bundle contains 10 wonderful books focused on incredibly inventive ways you can craft the marriage you signed on for. To complement that subject, they added 8 more books focused on parenting and passing on your faith to your kids. That wouldn’t be complete without books just for kids so they also included 8 children’s books that parents can read with their children. To close out the content for family life, the highly praised Singing Bible MP3 version was added (a $25 value all by itself). It actually teaches children the story of the Bible not just random stories.


For your professional life…


You will find John Muratori and Michael Pink’s six -hour Christian Wealth Building course ($77 value) which was complemented with Bob Lotich’s 31-day devotional Managing Money God’s Way. There are a total of 14 business related books and courses including Zig Ziglar’s powerful Born To Win course (that Seth Godin and Dave Ramsey rave about), Dr. James B. Richards, Wired For Success – Programmed For Failure and Untold Secrets for Creating Wealth by Brig Hart and John Beehner. You’ll even find one of the best selling Christian business books of all time, The Bible Incorporated – In Your Life, Job & Business.


To ignite your faith…


Rounding out the package, Bridge Logos and Moody Press made a series of classic Christian literature available from generals of the faith like Charles Spurgeon, D.L. Moody, A.W. Pink, E.M. Bounds, Calvin, Wesley, Edwards and more who wrote about grace, prayer, faith and an overcoming life.


In addition to these wonderful classics, the Ultimate Bundles team snagged 12 heart-stirring devotionals from authors like A.W. Tozer and Nancy Leigh DeMoss that speak to matters of faith that are sure to inspire. Let’s not forget Gary Chapman’s Extraordinary Grace or Ray Comfort’s Way of the Master for sharing your faith with others. Both heartbreaking and inspiring, don’t miss Philip Cameron’s, They Call Me Dad, the story of one man’s fight to save orphans from human trafficking.


So as you can see, the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle is an extraordinary value.


But it still gets better…


The Ultimate Bundles team asked several sponsors to step up to the plate and with no strings attached, provide meaningful BONUS GIFTS. One of the first to step up was Dayspring Greeting Cards who offered a choice of heart-warming gift card packages to choose from.  Another, is a downloadable DVD workout series for getting in shape and maintaining health. With a retail value of $62.99 it includes a Biblical study guide for stewarding your health. Bonus gifts alone have a total retail value of over $160


So now you know…


For as little as $34.95 you can receive over $1,140 worth of valuable eBooks and eCourses that address the issues of life most of us face at one time or another, from a profoundly Biblical worldview. The BONUS GIFTS alone are worth more than four times the price of the bundle! So, if you want to ignite your faith, strengthen your family and help your professional life, there’s no better place to start! All the hard work has been done for you…


The Ultimate Christian Living Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am (EST) on Wednesday, November 5th until 11:59pm (EST) on Monday, November 10th.


But don’t wait until the last moment – there are only 18,500 bundles available and once they’re gone, they’re gone!


You can buy with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day guarantee: you have a full month to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family’s life, you’ll get your money back in full!


Here’s what you need to know about the sale:


When? 8 a.m. (EST) Wednesday, November 5th until 11:59 p.m. (EST) Monday, November 10th (or until 18,500 bundles are sold).


What? 75 eBooks plus eCourses and more, PLUS over $160 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!




How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth over $1,140, and it’s yours for as little as $34.95. Sweet deal, right?


When you’re ready, you can either buy here directly, or right through the website. It’s fast and easy, and you’ll have your bundle sent to you via email within minutes.




Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November 5th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, November 10th (or until 18,500 bundles are sold).


Want to know exactly what’s included in the bundle?


Take a look through the categories, as well as the full list of included resources.



Business & Personal Finance



Christian Classics Series



Christian Living



Devotional Life



For Children



Inspirational Novels



Married Life



Parenting



Reaching the Lost





Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November 5th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, November 10th (or until 18,500 bundles are sold).


Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.


November 03, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - November 3, 2014



Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Harvest Crunch and tea.

On today's to do list:
Laundry
Sweep and mop kitchen floor

Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list
Clean/organize under kitchen sink
Vacuum/wash all rugs

Currently reading:
The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

The weather outside is:
Sunny and nice for this time of year.  The snow that we had at the weekend is starting to melt.   

On the menu this week:
Monday - Spaghetti bolognaise with caesar salad
Tuesday - Parmesan chicken tenders with potato wedges and peas
Wednesday - Baked maple salmon with rice and corn
Thursday - Chili
Friday - Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday - Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans
Sunday - Roast chicken, roast potatoes and broccoli


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:
Enjoy a hot cup of tea while I browse some of my favourite blogs.  
     
Favorite photo from the camera:




Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye): 
A blog I like is Katie's at A Beautiful Little Adventure.  
    
If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here



October 30, 2014

10 Uses for Baking Soda



1.  Freshen Cuddly Toys

Place the toys inside a plastic bag / garbage bag.  Sprinkle baking soda on the toys and let sit for 15 minutes before brushing or vacuuming off.  

2.   Unclog A Drain

Pour 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, then slowly follow with 1/2 to 1 cup of white vinegar.  Let sit for 10 - 15 minutes, then pour down a kettleful of boiling water.  

3.  Clean Up Grease Spills

If you have small oil and grease spills on your garage floor, sprinkle baking soda on the spot and scrub with a wet brush.  

4.  Erase Crayon From Painted Walls

Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge, rub gently on the mark.  Rinse the sponge and wipe the wall clean.  

5.   Fruit and Vegetable Scrub

Sprinkle a little baking soda on a clean, damp sponge.  Scrub the fruit or vegetables and rinse with clean water or make your own homemade fruit and veggie wash.  

6.  Treat Insect Bites and Stings

Make a paste out of baking soda and water and apply as a salve to the affected area.  

7.  Freshen Your Breath

Mix 1 tsp of baking soda in a glass of water and use as a mouthwash.  

8.  Keep Flowers Fresher

Add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water in the vase to help keep cut flowers fresher longer.  

9.  Remove Tea and Coffee Stains

If you have tea or coffee stains in your mug, simply dampen a cloth and dip it into a small amount of baking soda.  Rub all around the cup and rinse with clean water.   

10.  Antacid

Stir 1/2 tsp of baking soda into a glass of water and drink.  




October 27, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - October 27, 2014



Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Toast with strawberry jam and a cup of tea.

On today's to do list:
Laundry
Sweep and mop kitchen floor

Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list
Empty paper shredder
Disinfect phones and remote controls

Currently reading:
Charlie by Lesley Pearse

The weather outside is:
Chilly and windy.  High of 5C today.  

On the menu this week:
Monday - Baked chicken strips with cheesy mashed potatoes and baked beans
Tuesday - Baked penne with Italian sausage
Wednesday - Fish and chips
Thursday - Chicken fajitas
Friday - Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday - Butter chicken with rice
Sunday - Roast pork with trimmings


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:
Watch some of Rick Steves' Europe shows.
     
Favorite photo from the camera:


The toy hedgehog Miss S and I made this weekend


Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye): 
I just recently discovered Shannon's lovely blog Cozy Country Living.  

If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here



October 22, 2014

Patience

photo credit


Oh give me patience when wee hands
Tug at me with their small demands.
And give me gentle and smiling eyes.
Keep my lips from hasty replies.
And let not weariness, confusion, or noise
Obscure my vision of life's fleeting joys.
So when, in years to come my house is still -
No bitter memories its room may fill.

~ Ellen J. Macrorie (1928)



October 20, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - October 20, 2014


Good morning!  How was your weekend?


Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Baked oatmeal and a cup of tea.

On today's to do list:
Laundry (wash bedsheets)
Sweep and mop kitchen floor

Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list / Grocery shop
Wash make-up brushes
Clean inside of windows

Currently reading:
Stand By Me by Sheila O'Flanagan

The weather outside is:
It's going to be another beautiful fall day. There was a chill in the air this morning as I walked the girls to the bus stop, but it will be sunny this afternoon.   

On the menu this week:
Monday - Barbecue pork chops with mashed potatoes and green beans
Tuesday - Cheese tortellini with pink sauce and caesar salad
Wednesday - Shepherd's pie with asparagus
Thursday - Sweet and sour chicken with rice
Friday - Tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches
Saturday - Pepperoni pizza and salad
Sunday - Roast chicken with trimmings


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:
Think through some Christmas gift ideas.
     
Favorite photo from the camera:


The beach scene Miss S made out of playdough yesterday

Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye): 
I enjoy Allyson's blog at Domestic Superhero.    

If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here